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  • Keep America Safe With Stronger Standards for Security Officers

    Keep America Safe With Stronger Standards for Security Officers

    As we mark nine years since the attacks of 9/11 we still face an urgent public safety vulnerability: Poor training and professional standards for front-line security officers. Join us in signing a petition urging the CEOs of the ten largest private security companies to support higher professional standards and a fair wage for security officers.

     
  • Renita Whicker: “2000 officers will have a great impact.”

    ABM security officer and SEIU Local 26 member Renita Whicker knows first-hand what a great union contract can do for officers who've won the fight for a union. She's one of 1000 Minneapolis and St. Paul officiers who are Local 26 members. Watch her talk about being a security officer and union member in this video interview.

     
  • Downtown Ambassadors Win Union Via Majority Sign-up Election

    Downtown Ambassadors Win Union Via Majority Sign-up Election

    Having just won a union through a majority-sign up election, 60 Block by Block "Downtown Ambassadors" have become members of SEIU Local 26. Like suburban security officers at seven companies who are now conducting a majority sign-up election, the Block by Block Downtown Ambassadors work for a firm that agreed to be neutral during the organizing campaign.

     
  • Eric Meade: “I want security to be a proud and honored profession.”

    “I’m voting for the union because I want security to be a proud and honored profession,” says Eric Meade, a security officer . Eric is especially proud of those many times when he’s come to the aid of people having […]

     
  • D.C. City Council Calls For Removal Of Contracted Security Company

    The largest security company in Washington, D.C. is putting our nation's capital at risk, according to a letter of concern signed by all 13 members of the D.C. City Council. Last week, the Council sent a letter to the Office of Contracting and Procurement urging to "not allow this company to continue benefiting from taxpayer funded multi-million dollar contracts" and immediately bring in a responsible contractor that can be trusted.

     
  • Kevin Chavis: “Workers have a lot more rights than they realize.”

    An Iraq War veteran, Allied Barton employee and SEIU Local 25 shop steward Kevin Chavis has worked in security for eight years. He now works at the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Minneapolis.

     
  • Victory For Apollo Officers in Cambridge, MA

    A majority of Apollo officers working at Shire, Pfizer and Millennium in Cambridge, as well as WGBH in Allston, signed their union cards and won representation for themselves and their co-workers. Of these 52 new union members, most work at bio-tech facilities and are responsible for providing a high level of security for buildings that research and develop new pharmaceutical products every day.

     
  • Why We’re Standing for Security in Cincinnati

    Security officers are the first responders during catastrophes, standing on the front lines every day to keep Cincinnati safe. Yet while they protect multi-million dollar properties, many go home to the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Low wages and a lack of adequate training have led to incredible turnover rates as high as 300%, impacting security officers' ability to protect the public.

     
  • Why We’re Standing for Security in Indianapolis

    Security officers are the first responders during catastrophes, standing on the front lines every day to keep Indianapolis safe. Yet while they protect multi-million dollar properties, many go home to the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Low wages and a lack of adequate training have led to incredible turnover rates as high as 300%, impacting security officers' ability to protect the public.

     
  • Hugh Abel: “Whether it’s low wages or the big corporate bailouts, workers these days are getting shafted.”

    Hugh Abel: “Whether it’s low wages or the big corporate bailouts, workers these days are getting shafted.”

    I think it's time for a change. I remember being able to afford to go places--the stock car races and such--and now you can't. Whether it's low wages or the big corporate bailouts, workers these days are getting shafted. It's time for a change.